Lemar, a year to zero

first_imgLess than half the market valueSimeone has never thrown in the towel with Lemar and has continued to give him opportunities. The last, including him as a great surprise in the eleven to receive Liverpool after two months without being a starter. And against the English he was fine, serious in defense, concise with the ball and helping the best version of the Lodi course … until falling injured and having to be replaced at the break. On that February 18, his last minutes of the course arrived, although he overcame his physical problems to be at Anfield and see the victory and the classification to the quarters sending Vitolo to the stands. In the 1,035 minutes this course has been played by Lemar He has not provided any goals or assistance. Zero figures for a signing with so many expectations set upon arrival. Its market value has decreased for the specialized page Transfermarkt from the 70 million to which it rose in its incorporation to the 30 that fell in March. A collapse that makes it difficult for Atlético to recover the investment made to become one of the most promising players in Europe. JAVIER SORIANO & nbsp; (AFP) ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Lemar controls the ball during the match against Liverpool at the Wanda Metropolitano.JAVIER SORIANO (AFP) Thomas Lemar has failed to take the step forward that was expected for the 2019-20 season. If your discreet first season at Atlético understood adaptation, so far this year, played until the braking of all competition caused by the coronavirus health crisis, it has not been for the better. What’s more, its performance has involved. So much so that in This April will be a year without goals or assists of the 24-year-old footballer. Since his arrival at the club in the summer of 2018 there is the feeling that Lemar’s confidence has been declining game after game and his red and white stage has fallen without brake. The Frenchman came to the team as the most expensive signing in his history (70 million, a figure that João Félix surpassed this summer with his € 127.2 M) after proclaiming himself World Cup champion and left a fantastic official debut with a great performance in the European Super Cup against Real Madrid. Hence, asking for the ball on each play, haggling, showing himself, breaking lines with his passes and hoping for the fans as the player who could reprise the role of Arda Turan as a pause, quality and tempo of the team from the band, it has become a shy and inconsequential footballer. Lemar closed the 2018-19 season with 43 games played, 31 of them starting, 2,613 minutes played (the seventh signing of the Cholo era that plays the most in his first year), three goals scored and six assists. His last goal was achieved on April 20 to give Atlético a victory in Ipurua against Eibar and his last goal pass on April 24, four days later, with a measured center for Griezmann’s header against Valencia. Two good consecutive games, with special brilliance against the Che team, which reactivated the illusions of seeing a good version of the Frenchman, since it left flashes of brutal quality. A quality that captured with a magnificent assistance to João Félix in preseason that served to defeat Juventus and that he gave hope to see the best Lemar in his second exercise, already without his supporter Griezmann in the squad. However, after starting the course as a starter in the midfield, forming an attack front with João Félix and Diego Costa and going on to participate in several games from the midfielder, he became less relevant until he was relegated to the bench with the explosion of Correa, who, leaving the bench, took advantage of every minute he stole from the Frenchman. center_img At 24, he still has a great future ahead, but his lineup is shining less and less. Atlético faces a summer without great movements in its squad, with the additions close to the income obtained from sales. And Lemar can be one of those players who provides an economic injection to reinforce the team. He has a name in the Premier League, with teams like Arsenal or Manchester United interested, But the figures that are handled are far from those 70 million paid.If everything runs smoothly, and the competition can be resumed to finish LaLiga and play the Champions League,Lemar will have a few months to claim and earn the option to follow or raise the interest of teams of the highest draft. With the postponement of the European Championship to 2021, the Frenchman has to increase his performance to keep going into Deschamps’ plans. At the moment Lemar is signing a season that in terms of sensations and statistics is far from expected.last_img read more

The children of Save The Children take Casemiro the football phrase more ball of his life

first_imgCasemiro wanted to collaborate with Save the Children, that since the beginning of the coronavirus crisis has adapted its programs to this exceptional situation and cares for 2,000 vulnerable families through its emergency intervention ‘A tu lado’, a social project focused on giving financial, educational and psychological support to households with children who are at risk of exclusion.The Real Madrid midfielder affirmed this Friday that at the moment he does not think of being first in the League because he is only focused on “fighting” to beat the coronavirus. The international media of the white group surprised through a video call to the children attended by “Save the Children” during the confinement and responded to the questions raised by them as a children’s press conference.“Do we want to win LaLiga? We certainly want to win LaLiga and we want to win the Champions League. But I am not thinking about winning LaLiga, I am thinking about winning the fight against the coronavirus. I believe that if everyone does their part, that is the most important thing “The Real Madrid player said when asked if he wants to win the title. “The first game is against the coronavirus. It is a delicate moment for everyone. The moment is to win the game against the coronavirus,” he said. For the player of the white team, society lives “difficult and complicated” moments and expressed sadness at the situation that many people live. “We have to do our part, stay at home. It is a complicated and delicate moment. Each one has to do his own thing, help and follow the rules,” he added.Casemiro also told the little ones how his childhood was to try to show them the way to overcome difficult situations such as the confinement forced by the coronavirus. “My childhood was complicated and humble. Many times I had nothing to eat, I had no way to go training and I was walking seven or ten kilometers,” he said.In addition, he spoke about Zinedine Zidane and acknowledged that he looked at the French coach when he was little: “If I were not a soccer player I would be working in the world of sports. I love playing sports. I always had an idol who is Zidane. And he is my Coach. I always loved him as a player. It was a pleasure to see him play. My great inspiration was him. “Finally, he explained that when he finishes a game and lies in bed, he is always “calm” because he has done everything possible to sign a good performance. “Many times it is lost or won. But I sleep peacefully because I have given my best. In other aspects of life, we must always do it, give our best,” he said.last_img read more

Van de Beek’s agent opens up options outside Madrid

first_imgSoccer agents look with concern at the short-term future as a period of austerity in the looms looms. That will be one of the main consequences that soccer will suffer due to the coronavirus pandemic. The break caused by the COVID-19 has closed the tap of income of the clubs, which are already juggling to balance the accounts: ERTES, reduction of salaries in the templates … Volker Struth, representative of Toni Kroos, warned that there will be fewer transfers, and less, next summer and in that line it has been shown also Guido Albers, agent for Van de Beek, one of the most sought-after players in the current market. Uncertainty marks his speech. “What’s going to happen to Donny? No one knows at this time. The interest of various clubs, which is known, has been there for a long time. We will see what will come out in the coming weeks. I don’t dare say anything about it, also because some things are confidential, although the coronavirus will have changed the situation of some clubs and we have to look closely at that ”, he stated at Voetbal International.Albers foresees a market with fewer player movements and less money, although he is confident that the new scenario may have positive consequences for his client. Related to Real Madrid since last season he shone in that Ajax that eliminated the whites from the Champions League, his name has passed to the caboose on the Bernabéu agenda. Therefore, this new situation of crisis in the market makes the Dutchman’s agent open up to other options outside the capital of Spain: “Everything will be different, but I also have to be realistic: it also creates opportunities in clubs that perhaps thought they no longer had a chance and are now knocking on the door. I’m not worried about Donny. “United keeps an eye on him … In this range of options for the future, Albers does not rule out that Van de Beek remains in Ajax, as happened last season, when all the pools were seen outside the Johan Cruyff Arena, as happened with De Ligt and De Jong, the other pillars of that set trained by Ten Hag: “’The positive for Donny is that he is still very good everywhere. For Donny, the most important thing is, and has always said, a choice based on his feelings. That which he believes is best for him and which he believes to be the most successful. He did it last year and will continue to do it this summer. Don’t forget that Ajax is still the club he came to when he was a young player. It is not a punishment to play for Ajax. It will also include that in your consideration… “Two weeks ago, the player returned to distance himself from the possibility of signing for Real Madrid, despite the fact that in the Dutch press the possibility is a recurring issue. “My feeling must be positive in a club. It is not just that they love me, I also have to fit in with the game system and, of course, I also want to know the minutes they are going to give me, “he said in Helden. Asked if Madrid would be that ideal destination, he commented: “Playing in the sun is always nice, but no, I haven’t started taking Spanish classes yet.”last_img read more

Where were the Spanish soccer players who play in Asia and Oceania born?

first_imgIsaías SánchezAl Wakrah (Qatar)Sabadell (CAT) Marc MuniesaAl Arabi (Qatar)Lloret de Mar (CAT) Ernesto AmanteguiSamut Prakan (Thailand)Oviedo (AST) Soccer playerTeam (Country)Birthplace (Community) Which autonomous community contributes more Spanish players to the elite of foreign soccer? In the previous chapter we discovered that Catalonia dominates in America, will it do the same in Asia? In total, 68 professionals born in Spain compete in one of the highest categories of the most populated continent on Earth. Maldives, Japan or India have Spanish soccer players. Also Oceania, where the procession is reduced to seven representatives. Catalonia, again at the forefrontAs it happened with America, Catalonia is, with 12 soccer players, the autonomous community that contributes the most professionals to the elite of Asian soccer. Fernando Recio and Jordi Tarrés play in Hong Kong’s Lee Man, while Ferrán Corominas (FC Goa), Dimas Delgado and Albert Serrán (Bengaluru) and Piti Medina (Jamshedpur) do so in India. Sergi Samper (Vissel Kobe) and Isaac Cuenca (Vegalta Sendai) compete in Japan, and Raúl Rodríguez (Al Arabi) does it in Kuwait. Víctor Vázquez (Umm Salal), Marc Muniesa (Al Arabi) and Isaías Sánchez (Al Wakrah) play in Qatar.Catalan footballers in Asia Seven Spaniards play in OceaniaIf there are 68 in the Asian soccer elite, Oceania only has seven Spanish soccer players competing in the First Division. Diego Castro and Juande Prados (Perth Glory), Markel Susaeta (Melbourne City), Gerrard Garriga (Waitakere) and Ángel Berlanga, Albert Riera and Eñaul Zubikarai (Aucland City).Where were the Spanish footballers playing in Oceania born Cristian CeballosAl Wakrah (Qatar)Santander (CANT) Victor VazquezUmm Salal (Qatar)Barcelona (CAT) Sergi SamperVissel Kobe (Japan)Barcelona (CAT) Piti MedinaJamshedpur (India)Reus (CAT) Edu GarciaATK (India)Zaragoza (ARA) Raúl RodríguezAl Arabi (Kuwait)Barcelona (CAT) Soccer playerTeam (Country)Birthplace (Community) Hugo LopezDhofar (Oman)Gijón (AST) Albert RieraAuckland City (New Zealand)Barcelona (CAT) Markel SusaetaMelbourne City (Australia)Eibar (PV) Juanan GonzalezBengaluru (India)Palma de Mallorca (BAL) Juande PradosPerth Glory (Australia)Alicante (VAL) Jordi TarrésLee Man (Hong Kong)Barcelona (CAT) In second position, with nine representatives, the Community of Madrid and Andalusia are equal.. For Madrid residents Álvaro Negredo (Al Nasr), Aitor Monroy and David Grande (Jamshedpur), Marcos Tébar (Odisha), Sergio Cidoncha (Kerala), Rufino Segovia (Selangor), Gabi Fernández (Al Sadd), Álvaro Mejía (Al Shahaniya) and Javier Patiño (Ratchaburi). The Andalusian ‘Navy’ is made up of Pedro Conde (Al Ahli Shabab), Bienve Marañón and Manuel Herrera (Ceres Negros), Manu Gavilán (Happy Valley), Tiri Espinosa (Jamshedpur), Carlos Delgado (Odisha), Álex Gálvez (Qatar SC) , Carli de Murga (Chonburi) and Álvaro Silva (Bangkok Glass).Bengaluru & nbsp; (Facebook) ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>The canary Nili Perdomo celebrates a goal in IndiaBengaluru (Facebook) Jorge OrtíPegasus (Hong Kong)Zaragoza (ARA) Albert SerránBengaluru (India)Barcelona (CAT) David RochelaPort FC (Thailand)As Pontes (GAL) Dani CancelaKitchee (Hong Kong)A Coruña (GAL) Manuel OnwuOdisha (India)Tudela (NAV) Xisco HernándezOdisha (India)Palma de Mallorca (BAL) Eñaut ZubikaraiAuckland City (New Zealand)Ondarroa (PV) Edu BediaFC Goa (India)Santander (CANT) Fernando RecioLee Man (Hong Kong)Barcelona (CAT) Alberto BotíaAl Wehda (Saudi Arabia)Farmhouses (MU) Sergio CastelJamshedpur (India)Artea (PV) With seven representatives appears Canary Islands, whose standard bearers are Yaki Yen (Qingdao Huanghai), Jonathan Viera (Beijing Guoan), Nili Perdomo (Bengaluru), Aridane Santana (Odisha), Mandi Sosa (ATK), Néstor Gordillo (Hyderabad) and Sergio Suárez (Port FC). Castilla La Mancha contributes six footballers to the elite of Asian football -Gaspar Panadero (Al Wahda), Noe Acosta (Jamshedpur), Agus García (ATK), Alfonso de la Cruz (PSS Sleman), Andrés Iniesta (Vissel Kobe) and Ángel Carrascosa (Foakaidhoo) -, one more than Castilla y León -Carlos Peña (FC Goa), Javi Hernández and Víctor Mongil (ATK), Rafa López (Hyderabad) and Toti (Bangkok Glass) – and the Community Valencian -Manuel Bleda (Kitchee), Mario Arqués (Kerala), Xavi Torres (Al Arabi) and the brothers Kiko and Natxo Insa (Johor FC) -.Cantabria basin with four representatives: Osmar Ibáñez (FC Seoul), Edu Bedia (FC Goa), Fran Dorronsoro (Odisha) and Cristian Ceballos (Al Wakrah). Galicia, Aragon, Islands Balearics and Asturias, with two, and Murcia, Basque Country and Navarre, with one, they close the Spanish committee in Asia. In total, 15 autonomous communities, four more than in America, are represented in the elite of Asian football.Cantabria, Galicia, Aragón, Baleares, Asturias, Murcia, the Basque Country and Navarra Osmar IbáñezFC Seoul (South Korea)Santoña (CANT) Soccer playerTeam (Country)Birthplace (Community) Fran DorronsoroOdisha (India)Torrelavega (CANT) Ferran CorominasFC Goa (India)Banyoles (CAT) Dimas DelgadoBengaluru (India)Santa Coloma de Gramanet (CAT) Angel BerlangaAuckland City (New Zealand)Madrid (MAD) Isaac CuencaVegalta Sendai (Japan)Reus (CAT) Diego CastroPerth Glory (Australia)Pontevedra (GAL) Gerard GarrigaWaitakere (New Zealand)Monells (CAT)last_img read more

San Antonio Spurs extend perfect home record

first_imgSAN ANTONIO (AP): San Antonio improved to 26-0 on home court this season by beating Orlando 107-92 on Monday night, led by a season-high 28 points from LaMarcus Aldridge. The Spurs edged within four games of Golden State Warriors in the fight over the top seed in the NBA Western Conference. They also stayed four games ahead of Oklahoma City, who beat Washington, thanks to a triple double from Russell Westbrook. Westbrook had his seventh triple-double of the season as the Thunder won 114-98. Westbrook had 17 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists, and got the best of his match-up with Washington point guard John Wall. Kevin Durant scored 28 points for the Thunder, who have won 11 of 12. Among other key results, Cleveland were forced to overtime at Indiana, but notched a fifth straight win, 111-106. Atlanta defeated Dallas 112-97 to move into a virtual tie with Miami for top spot in the Southeast Division. San Antonio’s Aldridge shot nine for 13 from the field to pace the Spurs. Australian Patty Mills matched a season-high with 22 points, going three for four on three-pointers. San Antonio found their defensive footing late in the third quarter to separate from Orlando. The Spurs outscored the Magic 24-8 to overcome a 70-69 deficit with 1 1/2 minutes left in the third quarter. Nikola Vucevic led Orlando with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Cleveland’s Kyrie Irving scored 25 points as the Cavaliers won in overtime at Indiana. LeBron James had 24 points – but only seven after half-time – with 12 rebounds, and the Cavaliers extended their lead in the Central Division to nine games and won in Indiana for the first time in six years.last_img read more

West Brom slows down Leicester

first_imgMANCHESTER, England (AP):Leicester’s unlikely Premier League title challenge faltered with a 2-2 home draw with West Bromwich Albion yesterday, offering Tottenham the chance to go top in another twist to the most unpredictable race for the championship in years.Sunderland grabbed a 90th-minute equaliser to draw 2-2 with Crystal Palace and provisionally climb out of the bottom three and Bournemouth beat south coast rivals Southampton 2-0 to further ease their relegation concerns.Moving three points clear of the world’s richest league was nothing to celebrate for Leicester’s despondent players, who wasted a slew of late chances to put a provisional five-point gap over Spurs.”Just sometimes you can do everything, but the ball doesn’t want to go in,” said Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri, who has turned a team that narrowly avoided relegation last season into a title contender.Tottenham are away to West Ham today, while the title hopes of fellow contenders Arsenal and Manchester City third and fourth, respectively were also boosted by Leicester dropping points.CHELSEA EIGHTHResurgent Chelsea moved into eighth place and within sight of the European places by beating Norwich 2-1, extending their unbeaten league run since Jose Mourinho was fired before Christmas to 12 games. Young Brazilian left back Kenedy scored after 39 seconds the quickest goal of the season so far to set Chelsea on their way to victory.At the bottom, Aston Villa’s fans staged a mass walkout after the last-place team sunk nearer relegation with a 3-1 home loss to Everton. Villa Park had already started to empty when thousands of fans departed in the 74th minute when Villa were 3-0 down to mark the year the club was founded, 1874.”The situation is difficult, but we have to fight until the end,” said Villa manager Remi Garde, whose team is eight points from safety with 10 games left.The fourth official for the Bournemouth-Southampton match, Kevin Friend, was taken to hospital after collapsing and hitting his head on a dugout near the end of the first half.last_img read more

16 Jcan netball teams to Florida Classics

first_imgSenior ‘A’ Business House netball winners and defending champion, Scotiabank ‘A’ along with Senior ‘B’ winners Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) will be among sixteen Jamaican teams participating in this year’s Florida Netball Classic International Tournament, to be held tomorrow and Sunday at Coral Spring Gymnasium in Fort Lauderdale.Intermediate ‘A’ league winners National Commercial Bank (NBC) will also be making the trip this year. The two-day event has hosted up to 50 teams from countries such as Jamaica, Australia, New Zealand, England, Canada, Antigua, The Bahamas, Trinidad & Tobago and Cayman Islands.Rollington Town All Stars, Caricom Netball Team Of Florida, JUTC and Appliance Traders Limited are expected to give defending champion Scotiabank a strong challenge this year.Rollington Town are the beaten 2014 finalist, consisting the Ffrench sisters – Nadine, Sade and Jodi-Ann Ffrench, who are all former Sunshine Girls plus Camille Henry. The Caricom team include ex-national players, Karla Williams Borrego and Measha Brown.Flow ( formerly Lime), the 2014 consolation winners, and ICD, the Mixed winners, will return to defend their respective titles. The star studded Scotiabank ‘A’ team will have former Sunshine girls, captain Naudia Brown, Marsha Murphy-Dawkins, Sateva Taylor-Barnes, Kameika Sherwood, Patricia McCalla and former captain Malysha Kelly in their line-up.last_img read more

CHELSEA VS SUNDERLAND

first_imgCHELSEA VSSUNDERLANDChelsea’s season in the Barclays Premier League goes from bad to worse. On Monday night they lost again, at league leaders Leicester City, leaving them just one point off the relegation zone following their ninth defeat of the season and fifth in seven games. Sunderland won at Stamford Bridge two seasons ago, but that is one of only three wins there in 14 Barclays Premier League visits. None have been drawn with Chelsea winning all the other 11 meetings.NEWCASTLE VS ASTON VILLAHaving beaten Liverpool 2-0 in their previous game, Newcastle have won back-to-back Barclays Premier League games for the first time in over a year, when they won five in a row, in October and November 2014. Villa lost 2-0 at home to Arsenal at home last Sunday and they are now without a win in 15 league games, the joint-longest current run in English football (along with League 2 side York City).STOKE CITY VSCRYSTAL PALACEStoke are 11th in the Barclays Premier League while Crystal Palace moved into sixth place in the Premier League thanks to their first ever top-flight win over Southampton in 14 attempts last Saturday. The Eagles have lost just one of their past six Premier League matches, winning three and losing just one, with Yohan Cabaye scoring the winner against Southampton.WEST BROM VS BOURNEMOUTHAfter winning at Chelsea and at home to Manchester United, AFC Bournemouth should be confident of boosting further their hopes of avoiding relegation. That extended their unbeaten run to four games (following two draws), after six league games without a win. They go to The Hawthorns where West Bromwich Albion have lost four of their eight games while winning just two. Only Aston Villa (six) have lost more PL games at home.WATFORD VSLIVERPOOLOdion Ighalo got Watford’s winner at Sunderland last weekend and has now the most goals by a Watford player in Premier League history (10). Liverpool, meanwhile, came back from behind to steal a point at home to West Bromwich Albion last Sunday, but they are two places and a point behind Watford.SWANSEA CITY VSWEST HAMSwansea City have lost their last three and five of six Barclays Premier League games and are now just one place off the relegation zone, only on goal difference, after winning just three games all season, two of which have come at the Liberty Stadium. And they have scored just eight league goals in Wales. West Ham have won four away from home but they have gone six league games without a win, drawing four including last weekend’s 0-0 stalemate at home to Stoke City.last_img read more

Digicel, MVP host clinic to develop young athletes

first_imgOne hundred promising young athletes in eastern Jamaica were among the first to get first-class training in several competitive events at the start of the Digicel/MVP Grassroots Clinic.Now in its fourth year, Digicel has again teamed up with the MVP Track and Field Club to host the series of track and field clinics across Jamaica.The first of the five clinics was held at the Morant Bay High School on Saturday, September 24, where the youngsters from schools in the Surrey county underwent a day of intense training with professionals from the internationally acclaimed athletics club.”Our outstanding success at the Olympics just last month is the reason we see it necessary to continue this programme. Unfortunately, a day will come when these amazing athletes will hang up their spikes. Therefore, development programmes such as the MVP Clinic will help to ensure that Jamaica always has a fresh crop of athletes ready to continue our successes on the world stage,” said Danielia Mclean, sponsorship manager at Digicel.During the day of training, students were taken through six disciplines in track and field, sprinting, hurdling, relays, throws, long distance, and jumps. These sessions were led by stalwart coaches such as Paul Francis, Linval Swaby, and Shanikie Osbourne.”The idea is that through this programme, students and their coaches are introduced to world-class training methods. Additionally, they are introduced to athletic disciplines that they may not have had much exposure to before. Take, for instance, Junelle Bromfield, who competed in hurdles, relays, sprints, and middle distances while at STETHS, she is now focused on the 400m sprint, where she won the IAAF World Under-20 bronze medal this July,” said Bruce James, president of the MVP.The clinic will – in the next two weeks – head to Vere and St Elizabeth Technical High schools after which a number of the top-performing students will be selected to participate in advanced training camps in St James and St Catherine. At the end of the advanced camps, one outstanding athlete will receive a scholarship valued at $1 million to attend the University of Technology and train with the MVP Track & Field Club.Sponsors of the Digicel MVP Grassroots Athletics Programme are Nike, Reggae Jammin, National Commercial Bank, and Gatorade.last_img read more

Cornwall pegs back hosts but WI face tough final day

first_imgDAMBULLA, Sri Lanka (CMC): Off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall made key strikes to limit Sri Lanka A after West Indies A’s batting collapsed, but the hosts held the edge heading into today’s final day of the third and final four-day Test here. Sri Lanka ended day three of the contest at the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium yesterday on 211 for five in their second innings – already 286 runs ahead. Asela Gunaratne top-scored with 69, Sandun Weerakkody struck 48, while Roshen Silva was unbeaten on 29 at the close. Cornwall, the mainstay of the visitors’ attack during the series, claimed four for 62 to take his tally of wickets for the three-match series to 20. Earlier, West Indies A surrendered their last six wickets for 60 runs to be dismissed for 243 in their first innings and concede a lead of 75 runs. Resuming on 183 for four, they lost their captain Shamarh Brooks for 54 after he had added just 11 runs to his overnight 43, while Cornwall chimed in with 25. Seamer Kasun Madushanka (3-45) and left-arm spinner Lakshan Sandakan (3-54) both claimed three wickets apiece, while pacer Lahiru Gamage ended with two for 50. West Indies A were set back early when Brooks perished in the day’s fifth over with the score on 199, after facing 100 deliveries and striking seven fours. His demise triggered a slide from which the visitors never recovered as the last five wickets went down for the addition of just 32 runs. The only batsman to show resistance was Cornwall, who punched two fours and a six in a busy 30-ball knock. Batting a second time, Sri Lanka were handed a robust start by Weerakkody and Kusal Perera, who put on a brisk 67 off 62 deliveries. Weerakkody faced just 36 balls and struck seven fours, while Perera hit a single four in 31 balls at the crease before he departed to a catch at the wicket off Cornwall. In the bowler’s next over, with five runs added, Weerakkody followed via the leg before wicket, but top-scorer Gunaratne then led a recovery by anchoring two half-century partnerships. The 30-year-old right-hander put on 58 for the third wicket with captain Lahiru Thirimanne, who made 27 off 76 deliveries before adding a further 51 for the fifth wicket with Silva. Gunaratne faced 126 deliveries and struck ten boundaries before falling about 40 minutes before the close to a catch at the wicket off seamer Keon Joseph. ROBUST STARTlast_img read more